Maya Fischer (Green productions)
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A group of young adults from the former USSR countries embark on a tour in Israel that encourages immigration. On a road trip from north to south, sexual experiences clash with Jewish nationalism as the group members try to figure out if Israel is their promised land.
Every year the state of Israel sponsors educational tours for thousands of young diaspora Jews, connecting them to Jewish identity, encouraging immigration to Israel and preventing intermarriage in their home countries.
After learning that her deceased father was Jewish, Natasha (18) joins a tour with a group of young adults from former USSR countries, hoping to find a new home. On a road trip throughout Israel, Natasha will struggle to fit in with her group and with the country she is discovering to be so different from the one she imagined.
Growing up in a society that sanctifies the concept of belonging yet not feeling that I actually belong, lead me to develop this script about newcomers arriving to Israel in search for a homeland. This group of strangers on the bus turn into a mirror of society, where their universal need for a sense of belonging is manipulated for political gain.
With tender humor and irony, I am looking to address taboos regarding the Jewish and Israeli identity. Even though Birth Right has a critical undertone, this film is a love song to my bleeding home, to the powerful landscapes of my childhood, and to the wounded melting pot of people sharing this land.
Inbar Horesh is a Jerusalem born filmmaker based between Madrid and Tel Aviv.
After studying Arabic and Semitic linguistics in Cairo and working in the field of human rights Inbar turned to Cinema. She wrote, directed and produced several shorts, among them her graduation film THE VISIT (2014th Cinéfondation Selection) and BIRTH RIGHT (Oscar qualifying award for best film, 2020th Palm Springs).
Inbar is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. Her first feature film project BIRTH RIGHT participated in the Cannes Film Festival - La Residence 2021 (first prize winner), and later this year also won the Cinemed development aid competition in Montpelier and is currently participating at the Torino FeatureLab.
Green Productions specializes in developing and producing quality content for television and film. With offices in Israel and Australia/NZ, we consider ourselves a home to film and TV creators. We are committed to identifying and nurturing new talent alongside working with acclaimed auteurs. We look to bring to the screen emotionally charged stories, told with a unique and authentic voice that captures the spirit of the times while offering an original and fresh look at our reality.
Alona Refua is a producer and a lecturer, graduated with honors from the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School where she is now teaching production. During her last year of studying, she created and produced the series of short films Love Letter to Cinema which participated in hundreds of festivals including Berlinale, Locarno and more. Alona was the Head of productions at Black Sheep where she produced award-winning feature films, TV series and documentaries.
Since 2021, Alona has been aproducer and the Head of Development at Green Productions.
Production company profile
Green Productions, Givatayim
contact email: Alona@greenproductions.co.il
contact telephone number: +972-542131668
The production budget in USD: 1,030,000
confirmed budget in USD and source: 20,000$ Rabinovich Film Foundation, CNC, Cinemed
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